MAC-ORLAN, Pierre Ch[arles]. Jean PICART LE DOUX, illustrator. ~ L’Écharpe de suie. Paris: Éditions de la Couronne, [ 1947].
Folio (325 × 246 mm), pp. 66, plus 16 pochoir coloured lithograph plates, illuminated lettering and an extra suite, also coloured. Uncut and loose as issued in original wrappers. Mustard chemise and slipcase. A fine copy. From the books of the late Martin Stone (1946-2016).
FIRST EDITION with these illustrations. Number 56 of 100 examples on pur fil du Marais, with an additional suite (total edition 176). An erotic book by the bohemian novelist and songwriter Mac-Orlan; illustrated in pochoir by Picart Le Doux, an impressionist artist who created washy and seductive night-scenes, most of which are depictions of prostitutes. He was well-known for his female nudes, was friends with Renoir, and also illustrated works by Verlaine and Baudelaire. He was best known as a tapestry designer.